a sweet thing

My sweet girl. She turns three today.

I am so in love with this kid, she gets brighter and more lovely every day, I'm crazy about her and I don't care if that makes you vom, I'm one lucky gal and I care to shout it from the rooftops. And besides, it's not all raindrops on roses, the girl has the best hug in the world but also a lovely knack of getting right to the point that I find both refreshing and slightly off-putting ("what's that smell Mummy? Is it your bum bum?")!! She also wakes up a lot in the night. We have almost, but not quite, gotten used to it.

She still lets me plonk pretty crocheted stuff on her head for photo shoots (sometimes), this cute little bonnet is my new favourite, with the best name, like, EVER!

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you, the fabulous and rather groovy sultans of swing bonnet, not named after the groovesome song by that achingly hip/not-hip band Dire Straits but rather after the lovely sultan stitch used, cor ain't it pretty?

Not only is the stitch gorgeous but I love the yarn too. It's handpainted alpaca-blend DK by Artesano in the colour Fairground (ooh so lovely, ooh so pink), and you only need one skein too, I am rocking these one skein, keep yer napper warm, projects. Go me.

Unlike my other pixie hats and bonnets, this one is made from the back, starting off in the round, bit weird. I used a vintage technique with a raised treble effect for this which was a bit fiddly to get used to but I love how it turns out especially with the pretty variegated yarn. 

sultans of swing bonnet

Betsy loved it too (no she really didn't), she sat there for the most part sucking her thumb and eyeballing me like I was some kind of freaking idiot, cooing and ahhing at her pixie curls whilst snapping away like a mad thing before she could yank the thing off.

The sultans of swing pixie hat pattern is now available to buy in my Etsy store and until the end of October you can get 25% off using the code BIRTHDAYPOTTER. Huzzah!